ConfIDent - A Service for Open Research Information on Conferences

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ConfIDent aims to develop a service platform for the quality-driven, collaborative curation of semantically structured metadata of scientific events. It will provide reliable and transparent data and workflows for researchers as well as other stakeholders of scientific events. Starting with two pilot communities – computer science and research on transport and mobility – the objective is to identify user needs to foster usability and acceptance of the platform.

The long-term objective is to reuse the results from the project as a model to offer a generic platform for the sciences and technology communities that meets general academic demands and allows community specific modifications concerning.

ConfIDent will reach the current desideratum of long-term findable, open, referenceable and reusable metadata on scientific events such as conferences. The project is based on the already existing platform which uses semantic descriptions of scientific events. Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) serves as a data curation interface. The definition of metadata requirements is used to structure content information, to assign persistent identifier (PID) to scientific events and to adjust criteria to assess the quality of event data.

The development and application of a versatile toolkit allows data providers and users to choose between levels of data granularity in order to adapt the selection of quality criteria to their needs. ConfIDent will allow further analysis of event metadata and will help developing specific indicators and metrics to provide a higher visibility of scientific events.

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